A rare and exquisitely unique plaque "Providence", it would have been used in Roman Catholic liturgies (perhaps in processionals). It originates from France (near Belgium) and dates towards 1870. (Please note the wooden stand is only a prop and that we sell the plaque alone).
The use of metal casting has created a sculptural two dimensional effect. The outer edges have two large acanthus scrolls at the top and bottom. The sides as well boast acanthus scrolls joined by layers of repeating scrolls. The center has the sign of Providence with the written name in Hebrew for God (Yahweh or Jehovah). The central "all seeing" triangle is in vermeil (gilt over silver). Many rays radiate from the center, some of which are vermeil. There is a hand tooled texture of many tiny dots behind the symbol of Providence which gives an added projection to the raised vermeil design. There is a mounted ring at the top and bottom of the back. We have left the original rope and cord attached. The metal is solid and firm (not flimsy).
The measurements are: 10" x 8" . It is in very good antique condition: some of the gilt wash has worn from the rays, there is some tarnish to the scrolls as is typical with age and use (can be polished). Please note that we have placed it against a wooden stand to photograph: we sell the plaque only without the wooden stand.
It is a special example of religious metal art of the nineteenth century, which would be perfect in a personal devotional space or among religious artifacts.
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